Sunday, November 18, 2012

Benghazi in a Nutshell

The United States, having learned nothing from decades of disastrous, covert assistance to rightwing political Islam--a policy that blew back most horrifically on 9/11--was clearly collaborating with Al Qaeda sympathizers in Libya and Syria, sending arms from the former country to the latter, among other actions.

Something went wrong--and four American citizens, including an American ambassador, were killed by the devil with which their government had been dancing.

The Obama administration, fearful that its Al Qaeda-has-been-decimated story was on the verge of being exposed as an obvious lie, deliberately misled the American people.

And, to be fair, the Republican establishment, having been complicit in the unnecessary intervention in Libya in the first place--the  increasingly irrelevant John McCain continues to insist that the U.S. and its NATO allies intervened on the side of "freedom fighters"--was hopelessly conflicted and ineffective in its criticism.

POSTSCRIPT: Regarding the Petraeus affair, it is illogical to assume that some foreign intelligence services were not aware of the general's relationship with his biographer. Nobody is suggesting blackmail occurred or was attempted; but a CIA director should not be spending time and energy thinking about his need to hide his secret life.